So it is Gray or should it be Grey?

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Grey is an intermediate colour between black and white

Grey Zone or Grey area, An area of uncertainty or indeterminacy
Grey Day pop song was written by Mike Barson and recorded by Madness
Grey's Anatomy, American television series
Grey Hair The pigmentation of hair follicles

E or A It's a Grey area

I have always been troubled by the spelling of this word, in fact, both spellings are correct if you ask an Englishman to spell the word most would use the "E" but across the pond in the States most would use an "A"

The word Grey is one of the many words pronounced the same but spelt differently by the two nations another is colour and many other words using "U" in the spelling

It was bound to happen

US English has a way of looking at words logical and tends to simplify spellings, but is it all about pronunciation?

it's the old story, if you throw two sticks into a pond they may well travel together for a while but sooner or later they will drift apart

Most British Spelling are based on Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" (1755)

While many American English spellings follow Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language ("ADEL", "Webster's Dictionary"

Vive la difference

In the States, the "U" is mostly not used so colour would be color
flavour, behaviour, harbour, honour, humour, labour, neighbour, rumour and splendour are all British English

However the US versions would be flavor, behavior, harbor, honor, humor, labor, neighbor, rumor, splendor are the US English equivalent

So what is right?

One is no more correct than the other, just because a word is changed does not mean it is incorrect just more in keeping with the accents of its host country

In the UK, there are many accents but we all use the same spellings because we are so closely linked, but the US and the UK are 4,242 miles apart and so it is understandable some things will take another course

Could it be revenge?

Of course, the whole thing could be explained but the fact that when the British were driven out of the US during the American Revolution people wanted to set themselves apart from those Brits

I can just see a group of Americans saying "Let's drive on the other side of the road than those pesky Brits and while we are at it let's drop the U in most words"

When you think about it, it all makes sense

The English language was made up from many other languages like Latin, Greek, French, German Etc and kept many of their idiosyncrasies which is why "re" rather than "er" is used as in

UK centre US center
UK fibre US fiber
UK litre US liter
UK theatre US theater or theatre

The same applies to "-ize" and "yse" as in apologise/apologize and analyse/analyze

In American, English, the words are spelt as they sound when they're spoken.

Should I stay or should I go? Should it be gray or should it be Grey?

So the question on "So it is Gray or should it be Grey?" really depends on where you live,
Even some spell checkers are not sure and will try to correct some words but at the same time accept others.
I have to say my spell-checker went berserk when I wrote this article

The whole thing is a very Grey area, but wherever you live and however you spell it thanks for taking the time to read my article

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jun 2015 (#)

I find myself in between, Indian, British and American English and relishing the challenge and variety!

English language has proved quite resilient though I do not know how Samuel Johnson would have taken to modern adaptations of it.

If we return after hundred years we might not be able to make head or tail out of what people speak or write.

The French are fighting tooth and nail to keep their language in pristine condition but the brash Americans are even tapping their President's telephone conversation! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Jun 2015 (#)

And we have words in Indian English like prepone whose equivalents in US or UK would be advance, or many such words. Perhaps this is a pointer to the adaptability of the English Language.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
28th Jun 2015 (#)

Its an Anglican and Catholic fight on how it is spelled. But in Grey's Anatomy Meredith Grey was the hint but she was also the homewrecker so they played on the word Anatomy which meant medicine as well as sleeping with Meredith Grey.

Lets just say one is a proper noun and the other is a common noun. None the less, America consisted of the for prisoners of the British isles especially the Irish which is more Catholic oriented and that is what brought about the rolls in their linguistic accent.

Hope that explains it.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
28th Jun 2015 (#)

It just meant dying anatomy or Meredith Greys body.

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author avatar Legend
28th Jun 2015 (#)

very informative. I hadn't noticed the nuance

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author avatar brendamarie
28th Jun 2015 (#)

very interesting article

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author avatar John Welford
29th Jun 2015 (#)

I'm in the "grey" camp!

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author avatar Retired
2nd Jul 2015 (#)

Good points made. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Either way mate, is it Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris I like both words, cheers Johnny!

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author avatar LOVERME
21st Jul 2015 (#)

U never reply So I will be wasting my breath as u r not in USA we save U for ourselves
US
grey u may so be
...gray we shall be
darkness may overwhelm you not the USA nor me I don't love grey nor gray
but do you know US has also taken r away from gray
so the guys are going gay
what do you have now to say say so randomly ..
as USA is primarily living condomly
Some say US of A still i pray let us not of the dictionary become wanton prey

I am not much different from you are from UK but still don't know me so you lay in the dakrness of gray not like me lying grey in the land of ignorance bask you may I still pray I am not your next targeted prey
But it's been a long time okay tyme I pray since I became a living prey of few gals and guys rascals I won't call them anyway as in the solace of ignorance they still wantonly play they live in a gray area you may say ...
grey is the admixture of black and white
as Johnny you so rightly say that alone is no grey area now I say

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author avatar LOVERME
21st Jul 2015 (#)

Dear Johnny says so!

You never respond
So I will be wasting my breath
As you are not in USA
we save
U
for ourselves
US

grey you may so be
gray we shall be

darkness may overwhelm you
not the USA, Johnny nor me

I don't love grey nor gray
but do you know
US has also taken’’ r ‘’away from gray?
so the guys are going freely gay!!!!

what do you have now to say?
say so randomly..
as USA is primarily living condomly

Some say US of A
still i pray
let us not of the dictionary
become wanton prey


I am not much different from you
as you are from UK
but still don't know me
so you lay
in the darkness of gray

not like me lying grey
in the land of ignorance bask you may
I still pray

I am not your next targeted prey
but it's been a long time
Okay
tyme
I pray since I became a living prey
of few gals and guys
rascalian I won't call them anyway
as in the solace of ignorance
they still wantonly continue to play
they live in a gray areas you may say ...
grey is the admixture of black and white
as Johnny you so rightly say

that alone is no gray area now I say....

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author avatar Judy Ellen
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you for this informative and fun post! You are indeed a very talented writer and we can learn so much from you!

As for me, I love, love, love the English accent! It is so romantic, noble and sexy!

As to why Americans strayed from the Old English way of spelling words? Who knows! Perhaps we are just plain spoiled children!! LOL

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